Event Date: November 4, 2020
Location: Neiman Marcus
Event: Champagne Reception
No. of Attendees: 40
Monies Raised: $9,000+
Beneficiary: Houston Symphony League
Chairperson: Cheryl Byington
Cuisine: Mariposa at Neiman Marcus
Photography: Priscilla Dickson
Houston Symphony League and Neiman Marcus Join Forces for this 16th Annual Event Showcasing Fall Fashions and Beauty Trends
Neiman Marcus was once again the place to be very recently as they hosted a champagne reception and fashion show for approximately forty guests, which featured the latest in Fall fashions and beauty trends. Many of the beautiful masked models strutting down the small runway were from Page Parkes Texas, who celebrates their 40th anniversary this year. The events were divided into two shows—a morning and early afternoon gathering. Around twenty guests were invited for each show. Social distancing, masks and face shields were strictly adhered to, but nothing could dampen the spirit of fun and enjoyment that hinted at the beginning of a return to a sense of normalcy, if only for a short while. The fashion presentation featured key fall pieces from Escada, Brunello Cucinelli, Oscar de la Renta, Lafayette 148, Veronica Beard and Givenchy Beauty.
Guests were introduced to the new Neiman’s Vice President and General Manager Chris Hendel, who made the rounds and charmed everyone in attendance, as well as Heather Almond, Neiman Marcus’ new Brand Experience Manager. This was the first in-store event to announce them to the social community. Heather returns to Houston from Neiman’s corporate office where she was instrumental in the opening and success of Neiman Marcus in New York’s Hudson Yards while Hendel hails from the Neiman Marcus store in Austin. Guests were welcomed by Houston Symphony Board President Fran Peterson and Event Chair Cheryl Byington.
This is the 16th annual event between Houston Symphony League and Neiman’s, which has become a fall tradition. Due to pandemic concerns, this event was not a seated luncheon as in past years. Instead, Symphony League supporters received a boxed lunch from Mariposa (which I can happily report is back open again Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 3pm) which included: mandarin orange souffle, chicken salad, and a goodie bag featuring takeaways and samples from Givenchy.
The Houston Symphony League has evolved into an organization of more than 350 men and women who provide important support to the Symphony in areas such as educational programs, fundraising, community relations and special events.
Socially present: Beth Wolff, Lilly Andress, Vicki West, Betty Tutor, Ann Ayre, Jacquie Baly, Brian McCullough, Elsie Eckert, Darlene Clark, Alli Willis, Karinne McCullough, Daria Reader and Cynthia Hunton.